New York, February 5, 2018 – The M&A Advisor is proud to announce that James H.M. Sprayregen is the recipient of the 2018 M&A Advisor Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Sprayregen is to be honored, for his significant contribution to the bankruptcy and restructuring industry, at the 12th Annual Turnaround Awards Gala on Wednesday March 21, 2018 at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, FL.

Mr. Sprayregen is a Restructuring partner in the Chicago and New York offices of Kirkland & Ellis and serves on Kirkland’s worldwide management committee. Having joined the firm in 1990, he is credited with having built its international Restructuring Group and has led some of the most complex Chapter 11 filings across the manufacturing, technology, transportation, energy, media, retail, and real estate sectors in recent history. Notable amongst his bankruptcy leadership cases are United Airlines, Conseco, Energy Future Holdings Corp., Caesars Entertainment Operating Co., Toys“R”Us, Avaya, Japan Airlines Corporation as U.S. and international counsel, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Hawker Beechcraft Inc., Visteon Corporation, The Reader’s Digest Association, and ION Media Networks, Inc.

In March 2010, Mr. Sprayregen was selected by The National Law Journal as one of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers.” In 2013, he was named “Global Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyer of the Year” by Who’s Who Legal Awards and was inducted into the TMA’s Turnaround, Restructuring, and Distressed Investing Industry Hall of Fame‎. From 2013-2015, Mr. Sprayregen served as the President of INSOL International, the leading insolvency association in the world.

“We are honored to present James H.M. Sprayregen with the 2018 M&A Advisor Lifetime Achievement Award,” stated David Fergusson, President and Co-CEO of The M&A Advisor. “Testament to his accomplishments are the commendations that Mr. Sprayregen has received from his peers and clients: “unbelievable technical capabilities”; “a world class practice leader”; “a premier restructuring expert”; “incredible work ethic and skill”; and “one of the deans of the bar”. With his unwavering commitment to consistent performance at the highest level, the industry and its members have unquestionably been the beneficiaries of Mr. Sprayregen’s efforts.”

Mr. Sprayregen is a frequent lecturer, speaker, and writer on insolvency, cross-border and distressed M&A issues. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, New York University School of Law, and a Lecturer-in-Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

With the presentation of The 2018 M&A Advisor Lifetime Achievement Award, Mr. Sprayregen joins a notable and exclusive community of industry leaders who have preceded him as lifetime and leadership award winners, including Wilbur L. Ross, Jack Butler, Ceasar Anquillare, Robert “Steve” Miller, Peter Kaufman, Harvey R. Miller, J. Scott Victor, Timothy Coleman, Corinne Ball, Barry Ridings, Tom Lauria, Van Conway and Sheila Smith.

The M&A Advisor was founded in 1998 to offer insights and intelligence on mergers and acquisitions through the industry’s leading publication. Today, the firm is recognized as the world’s premier “think tank” and leadership organization for M&A, restructuring and financing professionals, providing a range of integrated services including: M&A Advisor Forums and Summits; M&A Advisor Market Intelligence; MandA.TV.; M&A Advisor Live; M&A Advisor Awards; and M&A Advisor Connects. For additional information about The M&A Advisor’s leadership services visit

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